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Designs to improve polysilicon micromirror surface topology
Author(s): David M. Burns; Victor M. Bright
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Paper Abstract

Many applications for surface micromachined micromirrors require optically flat mirror surfaces. Holographic data storage and optical beam steering for display applications need reflective surfaces free of phase distortion to reduce the signal noise level, minimize cross-talk, and keep the system in focus. Typical micromirror designs may have unintentional embossing on the mirror surface resulting from the top surface conforming to the pattern of underlying layers. The bottom layers may have been shaped to form electrodes to electrostatically move the mirror. The mirror surface may also sag as a result of an imbalance between the stresses in the metal layer and the underlying polysilicon layer. This paper presents a study of the surface of a baseline micromirror, and shows the results of applying smart designs to minimize surface topology defects. The micromirrors presented in this paper were fabricated through the multi-user MEMS processes and categorized with an interferometric microscope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3008, Miniaturized Systems with Micro-Optics and Micromechanics II, (11 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271405
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Burns, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Victor M. Bright, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3008:
Miniaturized Systems with Micro-Optics and Micromechanics II
M. Edward Motamedi; Larry J. Hornbeck; Kristofer S. J. Pister, Editor(s)

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